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Every New Streaming Service and What You Need to Know

The number of streaming video services continues to multiply, giving viewers more choice than ever. Learn about the new ones here

Even if you follow the streaming industry closely, it’s easy to get overwhelmed with all of the new services launching. With limited time and money, you’ll want to choose which streaming services are must-haves as the list gets longer. Apple is launching Apple + and Apple Arcade, NBCUniversal announced their new service named Peacock, WarnerMedia plans to launch HBO MAX, and Disney is going out strong with Disney +. If all the details are a bit much to manage, use this handy guide to help you decide which services to choose.

Apple TV+

Apple’s new TV+ service launches with a large library of original TV shows, movies, and documentaries featuring high-profile directors and stars. Featuring approximately $6 billion of original content from producers like Sesame Street, Steven Spielberg, Oprah, and other media icons, the new service focuses on storytelling.

Apple doesn’t simply want to launch a streaming service; the company plans to redefine the way we view entertainment. With a home-field advantage of a billion devices in hand, Apple can shift the experience of playing video games or watching your favorite shows, movies, sports, and news on a handheld device. Making all content on-demand, downloadable, and ad-free is a good start. Guaranteeing privacy by making recommendations on the device level sets them apart from competitors even more.

Launch Date and Pricing

The new Apple TV+ subscription streaming service is only $5 monthly when it debuts on Nov. 1.

Compatible Devices

For the first time, Apple steps outside of its ecosystem. The streaming service will be available on iOS and smart TVs, streaming devices like Roku, and Amazon’s FireTV.

Disney+

Disney+ has exclusive rights to all of Walt Disney Studios’ library, as well as the titles from Star Wars, Marvel, and Pixar. The entertainment giant also recently acquired 20th Century Fox assets that include popular titles like The Simpsons and National Geographic. The new service launches with a library of 5,000 Disney Channel and Disney Jr episodes and 100 from the Disney Channel. Subscribers can stream the entire Pixar library and all Disney animated classics from the vault in the first year.

Even with the flashy lineup of favorites, Disney+ will make the biggest impact with new original films and series. Disney+ isn’t holding back; it’s going head to head with original content powerhouses Netflix, Amazon, and HBO with a full lineup of blockbuster film-quality programming for the small screen. Disney+ plans at least 10 original films and 25 original series in the first year of programming.

Launch Date and Pricing

Disney+ will make a big splash when it launches November 12. The House of Mouse is coming out strong with low introductory pricing and a showcase of original programming and fan favorites. The new streaming service is only $6.99/month. Subscribers can bundle Disney+, ESPN+, and Hulu for $12.99/month – conveniently, the same price as Netflix’s standard monthly subscription.

Compatible Devices

Disney plans to put the service on Roku streaming devices and the Sony PlayStation 4 but expects to add other streaming players and game systems, as well as smart TVs, before launch.

HBO Max

The library of available content for HBO MAX is broad. From media reports, it appears the new streaming service will combine everything from HBO Go/Now with the WarnerMedia library. The service can also access content from the corporate umbrella, including Cartoon Network, TBS, The CW, TNT, and TCM.

Friends is a valuable asset for HBO MAX, and the same can be said for popular shows like Frasier and Supernatural and The Big Bang Theory. The service will also have a new original movie from Reese Witherspoon, and a few original series such as Love Life and The Flight Attendant.

Launch Date and Pricing

AT&T’s WarnerMedia division plans to launch the new service in spring 2020. Current speculation is that the service will cost around $15 monthly, but no pricing is official. In my opinion, HBO will have a hard time keeping subscribers if it charges three times Disney + and equal to Netflix’s 4K tier without resolving the low broadcast quality.

Compatible Devices

Not much information is published, but it can be safely assumed that the streaming service will be compatible with all major streaming devices and smart TVs.

NBCUniversal/Peacock

The new service comes off the starting line with 15,000 hours of programming. Viewers can also stream every season of The Office, Parks and Recreation, and 44 past seasons of Saturday Night Live.

Subscribers look forward to exclusive reboots of nostalgic hits Battlestar Galactica, Punky Brewster, and Saved by the Bell. The service launches in April, but the original and exclusive programming will roll out in a week by week format rather than dropping entire seasons at once.

While other studios invested more in original scripted programming, Peacock has the advantage of ample news and sports programming and is expected to offer live programming. NBC also retains the broadcast rights to the upcoming 2020 Summer Olympics. The sheer number of eyeballs on the games should prove valuable for subscription promotions.

Launch Date and Pricing

Peacock is expected to leverage the Comcast subscriber base of the combined parent company by offering an ad-supported version free to cable customers. With Comcast’s 20 million U.S. subscribers as a foundation, the new service will benefit from cable customers and cordcutters.

Compatible Devices

The streaming service will work with all common streaming devices, such as Roku and smart TVs.

Discovery/BBC

The BBC and Discovery Network are combining their nature and history programming libraries for a new subscription streaming service. The service will also produce original content developed jointly. There are a lot of fans of the popular cable channels Animal Planet, Discovery, and HGTV. In fact, the Discovery Networks’ 20 U.S. channels are the most popular channels on cable for unscripted content, excluding sports.

Launch Date and Pricing

No official price has been published, but industry experts say it’s likely to be around $5 per month. It’s expected to launch by 2020.

Compatible Devices

The streaming service will work with all common streaming devices, such as Roku and Smart TVs.

Wrapping it all up

The number of streaming video services continues to multiply, giving viewers more choice than ever. Even if you had unlimited time and money, you'd need a way to narrow down the services. Since most of us don’t, my advice would be to use the free trials wisely and to subscribe to each service on a rotating basis.

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Megan Southard
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Megan Southard is a writer, mom, technology enthusiast, and movie junkie. She dreads the day her kids have to explain gadgets to her and is old enough to say, "I was the remote for our TV growing up."

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